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Box Score

Tomcats survive Wolverine rally, win 12-10
by Greg Knowlden, sports information student assistant

GREENVILLE, PA, April 17, 2002 -- Thiel College outlasted the visiting Grove City College baseball team (5-11, 5-4 PAC) Wednesday afternoon as the Wolverines lost a hard fought 12-10 decision in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play.  Grove City answered Thiel’s three run seventh with three in its half of the eighth but couldn't push the tying run across.

Wolverine sophomore starter Chris Hull (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) surrendered only one run in the first two innings but struggled after a rain delay of more than one hour.  He was plagued by six walks in his three plus innings pitched.  Sophomore reliever Sean O’Donnell (Brackenridge, PA/St. Joseph) gave up three runs, all unearned, and struck out three after coming on with nobody out in the sixth.

Grove City was led at the plate by junior C Matt Skipper (Canton, OH/Canton South), who went 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Sophomore LF Greg Grupp (Harmony, PA/Slippery Rock) also collected three hits for the Wolverines.  Senior RF Mike Volchko (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) reached base four times with a single, two walks, and a hit by pitch, and scored twice.  Freshman Michael McMillen (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) belted a pinch hit single in the eighth to plate two runners and pull Grove City within two runs.

Grove City will look to continue its recent strong play in the PAC (5-1 in their last six league clashes) when it hosts Washington & Jefferson College Friday afternoon at 3 PM.  The Wolverines will travel to Washington to play the Presidents in a doubleheader on Saturday.

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